California school district spending and test scores

Cold Spring Elementary School District

Despite years of efforts to equalize spending in California schools, some districts receive thousands of dollars more per student than others. And although some districts spent much more than the average, the bigger expenditure didn't assure higher scores on the state's Academic Performance Index, which is based on student test scores and other academic measures. Download a spreadsheet of spending per student and Academic Performance Index data for all school districts here.

How does Cold Spring Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$17,035   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

949   Median: 783

$17,035 spent per student ($2.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Arena Union Elementary/Point Arena Joint Union High $17,127
Fort Ross Elementary $17,123
Nicasio Elementary $17,059
Cold Spring Elementary $17,035
Portola Valley Elementary $16,981
Hornbrook Elementary $16,958
Camptonville Elementary $16,957
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Cold Spring Elementary (167.10) $17,035
Julian Union High (166.10) $16,301
Big Pine Unified (169.20) $15,566
Dehesa Elementary (165.00) $13,394
Latrobe Elementary (169.20) $10,363
Ducor Union Elementary (173.40) $8,123
Pleasant Grove Joint Union Elementary (163.90) $6,605
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Montecito Union Elementary $21,048
College Elementary $17,382
Cold Spring Elementary $17,035
Santa Ynez Valley Union High $9,547

949 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Cupertino Union Elementary 951
Portola Valley Elementary 949
San Marino Unified 949
Cold Spring Elementary 949
Ballard Elementary 948
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary 946
Moraga Elementary 945
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Cold Spring Elementary (167.10) 949
Latrobe Elementary (169.20) 918
Pleasant Grove Joint Union Elementary (163.90) 823
Ducor Union Elementary (173.40) 771
Dehesa Elementary (165.00) 763
Julian Union High (166.10) 741
Big Pine Unified (169.20) 632
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Cold Spring Elementary 949
Montecito Union Elementary 936
Santa Ynez Valley Union High 836
College Elementary 829
A note about the data: Spending figures refer to "current expense of education" per student in average daily attendance in 2009-10. The figures exclude certain expenditures, such as retiree benefits, food services and facilities acquisition and construction costs. Figures should be interpreted in the context of local conditions.

The state's nearly 1,000 school districts are responsible for reporting the information to the state. If individual districts spot problems with the state-reported statistics in our database, California Watch will confirm and update the data while encouraging districts to correct any errors with the state so that the public has the most accurate data available.

Interactive by Agustin Armendariz and Michael Corey. Reporting by Louis Freedberg and Stephen K. Doig.

Source: California Department of Education
Filed under: K-12